Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs in Liverpool can be a cause of discomfort, pain and irritation. These small insects can live on all kinds of furniture but are most commonly found on the mattresses, springs and frames of beds. They feed by sucking blood through human skin which can cause irritable bites to the hands, arms, neck or face. They are not immediately painful but can result in the feeling of a rash, bump or itchiness.
At just 5 or 6 millimetres in size it is often difficult to spot bed bugs, making them hard to remove from your furniture if they are nested there. Furthermore, they reproduce quickly and are difficult to destroy with common over-the-counter chemical and non-chemical products. For this reason, if you are experiencing bed bugs at your home you should enlist the services of Premier Pest Control Liverpool as soon as possible.
Adult bed bugs are reddish brown and strongly depressed with an oval body. The average female is 4mm-8mm long while males are slightly smaller. Bed bugs are normally mahogany red brown but become purple after feeding. They only have small wing buds but have well-developed antennae and compound eyes. The legs are clawed to allow them to climb rough surfaces. Their eggs are slightly curved pearly white and 0.8mm-1.3mm long. They are laid in the hidden areas and cemented to the surface. Three eggs laid per day and approximately 200 over the life. They have an incomplete metamorphosis; they hatch into nymphs after 10-20 days. Five moults are normal and one blood feed is needed before each moult.
- They are attracted to the warmth and carbon dioxide from a human body.
- They often hide inside mattresses, box springs and behind headboards because they are attracted to the dark.
- Poor hygiene can make bed bug control significantly harder even though it is not the reason why bed bugs appear in the first place.
- You may be able to spot them through blood or faecal matter on your furniture
- They can be sometimes prevented from re-appearing by keeping your room uncluttered and tidy so there are fewer places to hide
How the infestation of bed bugs is controlled
When it comes to bed bug control it is important that the area to be treated is clear of people. Any bedsheets or soft furnishing should be removed for cleaning. The area to be treated will include all the bed areas in the affected room. There is no need to destroy beds unless they are damaged, or when bed bugs are actually living inside the mattress. These should ideally be burnt. Mattresses must be removed from all beds and lightly sprayed, paying attention to seams and buttons. Bed frames to be sprayed in all cracks and crevices, and all surfaces to be lightly sprayed. All surrounding areas to be treated and any other similar place that may harbour infestation. Use an appropriate insecticidal spray that preferably contains a juvenile hormone regulator. Finally, lightly spray the whole carpet of the room, with a general insecticide. All adjoining rooms adjacent to and around the affected room must be treated, along with the corridors and hallways.